The Miami Marathon and Half-Marathon will mark 15 years this year on a race course that’s barely budged since year one. It’s got most of any locals’ favorite spots on the route – a bit of the Grove, the Rickenbacker Causeway, our growing skyline, the causeways connecting the mainland to South Beach, and of course, a stretch of South Beach itself.
When Marathon co-founder Frankie Ruiz planned the course, he and the organizers basically “looked at a map and said, ‘What are the places you take an out of towner or tell them to run?'”
Their goal was to put the best of Miami on display. One of Ruiz’s tips for those running the race is to “learn a little bit about the places you’ll run past.”
If you’re too lazy to run the Miami Marathon, no sweat. That’s literally why the internet exists. Here are some of the coolest spots along the course to peruse from the comfort of your keyboard. Maybe you’ll even be inspired to run next year.
If you’re one of those brave souls doing the full 26.2-mile course and can’t wait to hold off until the big day — here’s a cheeky little sneak peak.